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Life in a cave

Postby Maria » Sat 11 July 2015 9:16 pm

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There’s a commune, known as Colţi, nestled into the curvature of the Carpathian Mountains (yes, the mountain range that loaned its name to the evil Vigo the Carpathian of Ghostbusters II, among other characters) which consists of a number of small villages. These villages, such as Aluniş and Nucu, are the surviving remnants of an ancient troglodyte community.

Now, lest you take that in the wrong direction, the people who lived there circa 1050-1280 AD were anything but ignorant. The word troglodyte applies because they dwelled in caves carved into the mountain. There are a number of cave complexes through the region of Colţi, consisting of dwellings, storage spaces, and churches. In fact, the oldest surviving Eastern Orthodox Church is a cave in Aluniş, dedicated to the Decollation of Saint John the Baptist.
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